There were various reactions to Jesus’ “empty tomb” on the first Easter. Startled! Astonishment! Fear. The guards were really scared and their bosses paid them to lie about the empty tomb. The apostles did not know what to think. Mary thought someone had stolen Jesus' body away. She was sobbing.
No one seemed to put it all together at first. But then Jesus began to make Himself known~seen by various people until they did acknowledge and believe in His resurrection. In John’s Gospel Mary thought He was the gardener until He spoke her name. Then she immediately recognized Him. Other Gospels report several women discovered the empty tomb and were addressed by an angel. The apostles did not believe the report of the women at first. But once they saw Jesus for themselves they believed he had indeed arisen; they were then able to be taught by Jesus. He opened their eyes and they saw all the Scriptures predicting Jesus rising from the dead and the meaning. And they went forth to preach and teach the Gospel around the world.
The empty tomb. What is the significance of it to us today? Jesus the Son of God is alive! He was brutalized and murdered for our sins. He paid the price so we did not have to pay it. Our debt was cancelled by Jesus. Now we are free to take this bill of sin-debt marked paid in full and go before the Father in repentance and accept His full forgiveness. We can actually invite Jesus to come live in our hearts bringing us a life of joy and victory.
I ask myself, “Is there an empty tomb in my heart?”
The dictionary describes a tomb as: a large vault, typically an underground one, for burying the dead, an enclosure for a corpse cut in the earth or in rock; used in similes and metaphors to refer to a place or situation that is extremely cold, quiet, or dark, or that forms a confining enclosure : the house was as quiet as a tomb.
Again I ask is there an empty tomb in my heart? Is my heart an enclosure that is cold, dark, quiet and confining~ awaiting a dead body for burial? Or is my heart empty allowing a bright light to shine in the opening warming and cleansing the darkness from every crevasse and inviting me to arise and follow the light of Jesus into the brightness of a full life lived in/with Him?
That very concept, the words “empty tomb” spoke to my heart. Do these words call to your spirit?